Astros lock up the series win against the Angels

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 5-2 win

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Houston was able to hold on and take the series opener against the Angels on Friday night, so they turned their attention to locking up the series with a win on Saturday night. Here is a quick rundown of the middle game:

Final Score: Astros 5, Angels 2.

Record: 84-47, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Wade Miley (13-4, 3.13 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Dillon Peters (3-2, 4.50 ERA).

1) Astros score five early on two homers

Houston's offense went right after Dillon Peters in the bottom of the first inning. Jose Altuve reached base on a one-out triple, then scored on a two-run homer by Michael Brantley in the next at-bat to make it a quick 2-0 Astros lead.

In the bottom of the third, Altuve made it back-to-back hits with a leadoff double, then Michael Brantley was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base. Alex Bregman took advantage, powering the second homer of the night to extend the lead to 5-0.

2) Miley goes five innings

Wade Miley meanwhile was able to record another decent outing. He retired the first nine batters he faced in order, and did not allow a hit until the top of the fourth when he gave up a leadoff single, but would still get through the inning scoreless.
Miley's first and only run allowed came in the top of the fifth, a two-out solo home run to make it a 5-1 score. He would struggle to get that last out of the inning, loading the bases with a couple of singles and a walk, but was eventually able to get out of it and strand the bases loaded.

After the long fifth inning and his pitch count rising, A.J. Hinch did not task him with going any further than the five innings of one-run baseball he provided. His final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.

3) Houston secures the series win

With Miley shut down after his five innings, it was up to Houston's bullpen to finish the last four innings. Brad Peacock was first up, and struggled with the zone and only recorded one out before Houston moved on to Chris Devenski, who was able to finish the top of the sixth.

Joe Smith had the seventh, and despite allowing a leadoff walk which would score on an RBI-single later in the inning, was able to get through the inning with Houston still ahead 5-2. Collin McHugh took over on the mound in the eighth and was able to erase two walks to maintain the lead.

With Roberto Osuna's usage high over the last few games, he was given a break and instead Will Harris had the chance for a save. Harris was able to take advantage, throwing a scoreless frame to wrap up the 5-2 win and give Houston the series victory.

Up Next: The Astros and Angels will wrap up this series on Sunday with an afternoon start of 1:10 PM. Los Angeles is expected to send Jaime Barria (4-6, 6.35 ERA) to the mound while Houston announced that they would bring Framber Valdez (3-6, 5.58 ERA) back into the rotation to fill the spot of Aaron Sanchez who is on the injured list, at least for his next two starts.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Astros overpower Angels again as magic number dwindles

Kyle Tucker had 3 of Houston's RBI on Tuesday night, including a two-run homer. Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

After a beatdown of the Angels on Monday in the opener, the Astros entered Tuesday's game looking to replicate that success. Though Los Angeles would put up more of a fight, Houston still used their potent offense to keep the game out of reach.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 5

Astros' Record: 90-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (8-3)

Losing Pitcher: Packy Naughton (0-3)

Houston's bats keep connecting to back up Urquidy

The Astros picked up on Tuesday's game where they left off on Monday, launching homers to take and extend a lead. A leadoff walk by Carlos Correa in the top of the second set up Kyle Tucker, who drove a two-run shot. Aledmys Diaz was next, making it back-to-back jacks to push the new lead to 3-0.

That gave Jose Urquidy a lead to work with, which came in handy as former Astro Jack Mayfield cut the lead to two runs with a leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the second. Other than that, Urquidy did well through five innings, allowing just two other hits over that span. LA got to him in the sixth, getting two singles to set up a three-run homer to end his night. His final line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 79 P.

The runs keep coming

He would still leave in line for the win, though, as before that bottom of the sixth, the Astros had put up seven more runs across the fifth and sixth. A leadoff walk in the top of the fifth was followed by a two-run homer by Jose Altuve, then later in the frame, an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz made it 7-1. They pushed that to double digits in the sixth, with a leadoff solo shot by Martin Maldonado, a sac fly by Carlos Correa, and an RBI groundout by Kyle Tucker, putting them up 10-1 before the homer allowed by Urquidy cut that to 10-4.

Astros win to reduce magic number again

In the sixth, Cristian Javier took over for Urquidy, finished that inning, and returned for a scoreless seventh. He ran into Shohei Ohtani to lead off the bottom of the eighth and left a fastball in the zone, which Ohtani turned around 445 feet to make it a five-run game. Javier still got through the inning, leaving just the ninth for Houston's second reliever of the night, Josh James. James would get through a scoreless inning, erasing a leadoff walk as the lopsided win paired with an A's loss reduces Houston's magic number to 4.

Up Next: The third of this four-game series will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Wednesday. Janson Junk (0-1, 2.25 ERA) will make his third career start for the Angels, while Luis Garcia (11-7, 3.37 ERA) will have the ball for the Astros.

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